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Cork Printmakers seeks a Director


Cork Printmakers is a member-based organisation, print studio and gallery based in Cork City, Ireland. The Board of Directors are currently inviting applications for the role of Director. This is an exciting position working with a talented team of staff and members, with the opportunity to shape the future of a well-established arts organisation with a track record of excellence in artistic production, education, community participation, exhibitions and projects. At its core, Cork Printmakers is a print studio and its purpose and mission is to provide a workspace for artists and advance the medium of printmaking as an artform.

The Director will function as the Chief Executive Officer of Cork Printmakers reporting to a volunteer board of directors in line with the Charites Governance Code procedures. Cork Printmakers is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered charity, a Strategically Funded Visual Arts Organisation funded through the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council and other funding bodies. As such, it is important the Director has a good understanding of charities governance, reporting and procedures required for a non-profit arts organisation.

Please see the below document for further information about the role and how to apply.


Cork Printmakers Director Job Description

Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 12 November 2021

For more information about Cork Printmakers contact enquiries@corkprintmakers.ie



PRINT STUDIO
Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place
September 2021 - January 2022


The gallery space has been transformed into a Print Studio to complement Rembrandt in Print.

Through the work of four contemporary artists (Deirdre Mc Kenna, Dominic Fee, Emma O’Hara & Fiona Kelly), and presented in collaboration with Cork Printmakers, Print Studio provides an overview of key printmaking techniques that existed in – or have developed since – the time of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Associated materials, printing presses, and examples of etching, relief print, lithography, and screenprint are displayed alongside specially made video profiles that enrich our sense of what is involved in printmaking today.

View the video profiles and learn more about Print Studio here

This exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.
Exhibition and associated programmes made possible with the support of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.




Inflorescence
The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place, Cork City
August - December 2021



Exhibiting Artists:   Don Braisby, Anita Geaney, Sean Hanrahan, Fiona Kelly, Eimearjean Mc Cormack, Frieda Meaney, Cillian Moynihan, Nikki Tait

Inflorescence is an exhibition by Cork Printmakers at The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place exploring themes of biodiversity, botany and ecology. The exhibition touches on issues of the environment, sustainability and biodiversity, taking in both micro and macro level viewpoints and referencing printmaking’s historical depictions of botanical specimens. The exhibition takes inspiration from its location within the gardens of Nano Nagle Place as a historic site of contemplation and reflection.

The Print Gallery is a partnership between Nano Nagle Place and Cork Printmakers, a print studio and resource organisation with over 100 members based at Wandesford Quay, Cork City. This partnership presents a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase contemporary art by local artists in the historical setting of Nano Nagle Place.

Exhibitions at The Print Gallery are programmed by Cork Printmakers and change each season to showcase the diverse talent of Cork Printmakers’ artists and reflect on themes particular to the environment and people of Cork.






My Chronic Pain Diary is an exhibition by Ciara Chapman at Cork Printmakers Studio Gallery during the month of September for Pain Awareness Month

Exhibition visits by appointment only 12-3 Tuesday to Friday. Book here

My Chronic Pain Diary
is an illustrated diary that chronicles the artist’s journey through chronic pain for the past six years. Each image captures a moment in time on that journey. Chapman uses delicate lines and a bright colour palette to balance out some of the serious themes in her work.

Upon reaching her 100th illustration Chapman decided to bring the work to the public realm and present the work during September which is pain awareness month, to highlight her life with chronic pain.

This exhibition is part of a broader art trail of Chapmans work which is presented in shop windows across Cork City  and visible through the month of September and is accompanied by an artist book.

Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print. Located at Wandesford Quay in the heart of Cork City it supports and promotes the creation and development of new work through our studios, exhibitions, events and education programme, promoting the highest standards of practice in printmaking.

A book launch and art trail tour will take place on Sunday 5th September, book a space here

Purchase a copy of the book here

For more information about Cork Printmakers visit corkprintmakers.ie or contact: enquiries@corkprintmakers.ie / 021-4322422

View the project and locate the art trail sites on Ciara Chapman’s Website www.mychronicpaindiary.com



Beyond Survival

Lynn Marie Dennehy, Hehir & Noonan, Eimearjean Mc Cormack, Peter Nash

Curated by Maeve Lynch

Studio 12, Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork City

30 July – 27 August 2021


Open for walk-ins: 12-3pm Wednesday and Thursday

Viewings by appointment: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday

Book an appointment here

Cork Printmakers artists present the exhibition Beyond Survival in response to the Backwater Artists Group Studio 12 programme for 2021: The Human Animal.

Beyond Survival examines contemporary image making in print and expanded print practice in the context of the historical journey of the human race, from developing language to symbolism to the eventual development of visual language and communication through contemporary art.

This exhibition featuring Cork Printmakers artists Lynn Marie Dennehy, Eimearjean Mc Cormack, Peter Nash and collaborators Catherine Hehir and Noelle Noonan highlights the many printmaking techniques used by Cork Printmakers members. Beyond Survival examines aspects of the human form and the role of the artist in portraying issues around existence, culture, place and language.


Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print. Located at Wandesford Quay in the heart of Cork City it supports and promotes the creation and development of new work through our studios, exhibitions, events and education programme, promoting the highest standards of practice in printmaking.


Backwater Artists Group provides studios to 45 artists and has been central to visual art and creative production since 1990. Through the Studio 12 programme, Backwater Artists Group presents work by its members and collaborators that challenge and inspire audiences with contemporary art. Find out more about the Studio 12 programme here: backwaterartists.ie/the-human-animal-2021 This programme is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland Project Award and the Cork City Council Project Scheme.

Artist Talks: Lynn-Marie Dennehy and Peter Nash
Thursday 12th August
4pm – 4.45pm
Limited Spaces: Book a ticket here  

Beyond Survival exhibiting Artists Lynn-Marie Dennehy and Peter Nash will each present an artist talk from the entrance of the studios in which they make their work, in the Courtyard of the complex on Wandesford Quay, which houses Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers and The Lavit Gallery.

For more information about Cork Printmakers visit corkprintmakers.ie or contact: enquiries@corkprintmakers.ie / 021-4322422

For more information about Backwater Artists Group visit backwaterartists.ie



Image: Lynn Marie Dennehy, Aphrodites, Plate Lithograph, 2020




Standing By

An exhibition by Miriam Hurley at Cork Opera House
Summer 2021


Cork Printmakers are delighted to present an exhibition of photoetching prints by the artist Miriam Hurley at Cork Opera House in summer 2021. Captured backstage at Cork Opera House over a number of years, Miriam’s images portray the nervous energy and focus of performers “standing by” for their final call to perform. While audiences and performers alike are still standing by to return to our cultural venues, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of the atmosphere and energy behind the scenes at the beloved Cork Opera House.

While working at Cork Opera House, Miriam Hurley captured her unique perspective of these often-unseen moments on black and white film. By witnessing the solitude that performers experience when given their final call, the artist recorded and portrayed their nervous energy, hidden vulnerability and sense of trepidation. In this body of work, Miriam captures the performers’ focus, internal fear and vulnerability while transforming into their character. She portrays the disarming moment when performers become detached and alone in the moments before they emerge from the wings onto the stage.

The artist states: “as a keen photographer I started taking the photographs for the Cork Opera House in-house productions, these were staged photo shoots to be used as PR in the media to promote the shows. But what really caught my eye was being backstage as actors and performers prepared themselves prior to going on stage in the dressing rooms and in the final moments waiting in the wings before taking to the stage.  I knew that I had a unique perspective that only a very few get to see and I wanted to capture these rarely witnessed moments on black and white film. I was able to photograph various performers unobtrusively and while in preparation in a natural way. I felt very privileged to have been part of the process and I am delighted to share it now with the general public”

In 2018 Miriam created the first part of this body of work at Cork Printmakers studios and completed the full body of work during 2020/21. The use of different print techniques, inks and papers gave Hurley the opportunity to rework the photographs, playing with tonal range and texture to capture the true atmosphere experienced when taking the image.

Cork Printmakers present Miriam Hurley’s exhibition Standing By as part of their 30th Anniversary Programme. Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print.

The exhibition can be viewed at Cork Opera House foyer during café opening hours, 8.30am-5pm Monday-Saturday throughout summer 2021.

A short film documentary by Colm Walsh accompanies the exhibition and can be viewed here.

For more information about the artist and to purchase artwork please visit the Gallery Shop 
or contact enquiries@corkprintmakers.ie




Image:  Makeover, 2020. Photo Etching by Miriam Hurley. Documentation by John Beasley. (C) the artist. In a backstage dressing room the actor Andrew Holden transforms into character as Buttons from the 2007 Cork Opera House production of Cinderella.  





Cork Printmakers 30

The Lavit Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork City

27 May – 19 June 2021


Cork Printmakers 30 is the inaugural exhibition of Cork Printmakers 30th Anniversary Programme. Theexhibition at the Lavit Gallery features the work of 40 artists and celebrates the diverse practices and approaches to printmaking by current members of Cork Printmakers.

With 100 members, Cork Printmakers artists work across traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques including lithography, etching, screenprint, relief print, as well as expanded print practice to incorporate video, installation and performance.

Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print. Located at Wandesford Quay in the heart of Cork City it supports and promotes the creation and development of new work through our studios, exhibitions, events and education programme, promoting the highest standards of practice in printmaking.

Through an ambitious programme of solo exhibitions and group shows, the Lavit Gallery promotes both emerging and established Irish and international artists, stimulating and challenging Cork audiences.


To find out more about the artists and to purchase artwork please visit lavitgallery.com

The exhibition can be visited during Lavit Gallery opening hours:

10:30am – 6:00pm Tuesday to Friday and 10:30am – 5:00pm Saturday







Land Under the Waves / Tír Fothoinn

Irish Landscape and the Sea
December 2020 – July 2021

The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place
Exhibiting Artists: John Beasley, Johnny Bugler, Wendy Dison, Angela Gilmour, Debbie Godsell, Deirdre McKenna, Emma O’Hara

Land Under the Waves/Tír Fothoinn is an exhibition by Cork Printmakers at The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place, exploring the Irish landscape and the sea.

The title takes reference from Celtic mythology and tales of the Otherworld, believed to be reached beneath the water of lakes and oceans. This exhibition celebrates the everlasting relationship between land and sea on this island.

Land Under the Waves/Tír Fothoinn features prints by Cork Printmakers’ artists working in the medium of etching, screenprint, monoprint, photopolymer and lithography. These prints depict the unique formations of the Burren, the earthy tones of Ireland and colourful contemporary takes on traditional scenes. The artworks shift from commanding maritime landmarks to peaty, rocky and undulating terrains.

The permanence of the watchful, protective and impenetrable structures of the lighthouses that punctuate Ireland’s coastline are contrasted with the transient nature of the sea and shoreline.

The Print Gallery is a partnership between Nano Nagle Place and Cork Printmakers, a print studio and resource organisation with over 100 members based at Wandesford Quay, Cork City. This partnership presents a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase contemporary art by local artists in the historical setting of Nano Nagle Place.

Exhibitions at The Print Gallery change each season to showcase the diverse talent of Cork Printmakers’ artists and reflect on themes particular to the environment and people of Cork.






Cork Printmakers Course Programme 2021


Cork Printmakers 2021 course programme is now live on Eventbrite. 

BOOK HERE ︎︎︎

Courses are available year-round in a range of media, involving traditional, new and alternative processes from screenprinting, etching, bookbinding, lithography and more! All courses are suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners who wish to refresh and/or expand their skills. Tutors are members of Cork Printmakers and guests. Class groups are small with no more than 5 participants.


All courses cost €300; this includes tuition and materials.
Bookings are made through Eventbrite.




HOST

Host is an exhibition by Cork Printmakers in partnership with Sample-Studios at Tactic Gallery, The Lord Mayors Pavilion, Cork, Ireland, featuring the work of four artists: Aoife Claffey, Jennifer Cummins, Diane Keating and Rory O’ Mahony. These four artists are recipients of Cork Printmakers’ graduate bursary awards, from Limerick School of Art and Design and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

In partnership with Sample-Studios, Cork Printmakers invited their graduate bursary award recipients to exhibit their work at the Lord Mayor's Pavilion in August in a slightly different format to usual, presenting work as part of the artists’ expanded printmaking practice. The artists’ work is exhibited in a way that visitors to Fitzgerald’s Park can view it through the windows, without the need to enter the building.

You can also view the work online following documentation. The placement of the work in an online space questions the traditional exhibition format: how can galleries present work and how do audiences engage with art in this new age of physical distancing and restrictions?

Host: an exhibition by Cork Printmakers from Cork Printmakers on Vimeo.



Visit the exhibition page here: corkprintmakers.ie/host



Image: "Wild Man of the Woods", Jennifer Cummins, screenprint, 2019.



Cruinniú na nÓg

Cork Printmakers are taking part in Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of free creativity for children and young people on Saturday 13 June 2020. This year, we will host an online exhibition of artwork by participants of our Creative Teens workshops, which take place at Cork Migrants Centre, Nano Nagle Place, Cork. To find out more and check out the exhibition, visit:
https://www.corkprintmakers.ie/Cruinniu




SUMMER MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Lavit Gallery
July 23 - 27 2019
Special Viewing Reception Thursday 25th 5.30-7pm

An exhibition of new works by members of Cork Printmakers